Dr Linda Ghys is a Lecturer in Indigenous Education. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies), a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), a Graduate Certificate in Education - Specialisation (University Teaching) and a PhD in Communication Studies for which she was the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship. Her heritage includes Dutch, Belgian, English and Rom ('Gypsy') ancestry.
Linda began her academic teaching career in 2005 with the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research, a School within the University of South Australia, as well as working with Indigenous students through the ITAS program. She also coordinated and taught several subjects to students studying with the SAIBT (South Australian Institute of Business and Technology).
Linda has been working with the School of Indigenous Australian Studies since 2012 and in 2015, alongside her colleagues, was awarded a Team Teaching Excellence Award, by the Faculty of Education, CSU.
My doctoral thesis argued that Pacific young men are mythologised as gang members within the spaces of the Australian newsprint media. The thesis adopted Henri Lefebvre's conceptual triad to guide the examination and analysis of the mythologisation of young men with dark bodies more broadly, and Pacific young men in particular, in newsprint media spaces. By drawing on the conceptual triad as a method of analysing newsprint media as a space, existing ideas about what it means to question representations of young people, and especially young men with dark bodies, were re-framed as spatial.
I continue to work individually as well as collaboratively with my colleagues in the School of Indigenous Australian Studies on a variety of research topics including spatial othering; teacher presence in online/distance education and exploring the use of social media as a teaching tool.